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Iranian Diplomat Quits Nuclear Negotiating Team


http://gdb.rferl.org/60973A61-E473-4E21-B24A-3F7DC430CE45_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/60973A61-E473-4E21-B24A-3F7DC430CE45_mw800_mh600.jpg 5 October 2005 -- An Iranian diplomat has resigned as a member of the country's nuclear negotiating team.

Iran's state-run news agency, IRNA, reported that Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is ambassador to the United Nations, quit the team. The report did not say why.

Zarif is widely considered as a moderating influence over foreign policy and favors improving ties with the West.

Last month, the IAEA's board of governors passed a resolution saying Tehran is not in compliance with nuclear proliferation safeguards -- which could prompt the case to be sent to the UN Security Council.

(AFP)

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